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Virginia Legislators Want 'Redskins Pride Caucus' Because They Are Terrible And Stupid
We've made no secret of the fact that we think the name "Washington Redskins" is some straight up racist bullshit, mainly because it is some straight up racist bullshit. But there are many people who feel pretty proud and pretty wedded to the name, which might -- MIGHT -- be forgivable if the proud wedded people were actual factual Native Americans that were into reclaiming the slur or whatever. Instead, this is just a pile of not Native American people who live in the surrounding states and are apparently sad they lack a football team -- racist named or otherwise -- and are going to be all homer proud about a team NAMED AFTER A RACIAL SLUR. In fact, they're so proud that they've started a Redskins Pride Caucus, which is so dumb as to be almost unbelievable.
For Del. David Ramadan, the Washington Redskins’ name is a source of pride that shouldn’t be messed with.
Ramadan (R-Loudon), a fan since the mid-1980s, said he plans to form a “Redskins Pride Caucus” with Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax City) and other Virginia legislators to represent fans of the professional football team. [...]
Ramadan said the caucus plans to provide a voice for fans and season ticket holders, as well as support for the team franchise. He argues that the team is a Virginia-based business that generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
In some ways, we have to hand it to Ramadan and Company. They're not even making any pretense that "Redskins Pride" has anything to do with being proud of Native Americans or proud of being Native Americans, nor are they even trying to argue that the name isn't straight up racist. Instead, they're just going with "hey, we like it, and it makes Virginia money, so LEAVE US ALONE."
In all other ways, though, we have to say "what the fuck, people?" You are a bunch of (presumably, because if you were, this would be splattered all over your talking points) not Native people who stand in direct opposition to what actual Native people want. It's like Rick Santorum creating the Pansy Pride Caucus, for fuck's sake, and staffing it with Bryan Fischer and Phil Robertson.
We just can't get over the fact that this is the hill these idiot people want to die on. Like that's what you want on your tombstone: "David Ramadan. Defended Racist Football Team Name Until His Last Breath." Of course, given that he's a Republican from Virginia, maybe keeping him isolated and obsessing about football is the least harmful thing he could do.
[ WaPo ]